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Caritas Cambodia is an official social development arm of the Catholic Church in Cambodia. It has been built on the values of Love, Concern, Justice, Peace Unity, Sharing and brotherhood. It draws inspiration from the Gospel and aims at integral development of people irrespective of race and creed. Hence the objectives of Caritas Cambodia specifically include the following.

To promote and strengthen activities that are aimed at the integral development of communities particularly to help in Sustainable Agriculture, empowerment program, economic program, Welfare program,
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Chou Sam An has turned his focus by getting the best use from his land in doing family food production by applying organic home vegetable gardening. A 61-year old farmer from Battambong province, Sam An has a strong interest in doing home gardening. His interest has grown from day-to-day and has impact significantly since he participated with Caritas’s community development program in 2012. Now, he becomes a key farmer in his homeland, Reussey Ro village, Ta Kream commune, Banan district of Battambong province.
Sam An’s back yard is full of multi-crops. This is the result of his hard work.
Sam An is married with two children. His son is 15 years old and is in grade 10. His daughter is 18 years old. Due to poor living condition, she stopped attending school when she was in grade 10. Living in a small house, in the past several years, the family was very poor and depended only on farming during the rainy season. But, things have completely changed now. The family affords to build a new and bigger house, run a small business, and own two motorbikes to facilitate their transportation needs: to school, health center, market and other public services. “We earn between 20,000 -30,000 Riels per day from selling vegetable and fruit”, Sam An told.
There are 226 families in Reussey Ro village. 115 families have been formed into a village development association, which is facilitated by Caritas and managed by the community. Sam An’ s family is a member of the association. Most families in the village are farmers and depend on farming during the rainy season and most of them leave their cultivated land behind; especially during the dry season. The inadequate knowledge and lack of skill in agriculture, and cultivation is a challenge for the people, particularly skill in doing home gardening efficiently. Like many other farmers in the village, Sam An previously lacked this skill even though the family has a big yard behind his house empty.

After three years of working with the association, Sam An has actively participated in the program. He has regularly attended in meetings, trainings and has learnt many skills and techniques. After a series of training, he decided to invest in home vegetable gardening. In this light, he sought financial support from the association by taking loan to buy vegetable seeds to grow on his land. Now, his back yard is full of multi-crops such as morning glory, tomato, egg plant, chili, cabbage and fruits and that he can sell them to the market and to his neighbors; and therefore improve family food support and provide them with extra income besides farming.

“I like growing vegetables. Since I invested in home vegetable gardening, it helps to increase my family’s income”, Sam An shared. “In the past, if we could have managed our land better, our living standard could have been much better”, Sam An recalled.
Witnessing his success, Sam An was selected by the village development association and Caritas to be a key farmer in 2013. As such, he knows that he has a big role. “I am committed and happy to share knowledge, skill, good experience in vegetable growing to other members”, he emphasized. More and more families in the village are now adopting a home vegetable gardening. Nevertheless, there are still families that need support and guidance in doing it efficiently.
Sam An explained how his family has been struggling in investing in home gardening
Program manager of Banan district, Battambong province, Sar Sovannara said the program recognized Sam An’s hard work. “Our experience with Sam An is really great. He has seen great improvement in his land and family living condition”, Sovannara shared.

“Besides livelihood improvement, we see that farmers change their perception and behavior. They start to realize that growing vegetable using organic growing is very much better than chemical one, Sovannara explained, adding that this is what we want to see”.
Caritas also provided opportunities for Sam An and other farmers to learn more. In doing this, many exchange programs for the communities and key farmers have been organized. In late 2013, Sam An along with other 12 key farmers joint an exposure visit , to share experience and learn best practices from other villages in Kampong Chhnang province.

Caritas’s community development program in Banan district of Battambong province aims to improve living condition of small farmers through the provision of physical and non-physical assistance related to
Caritas supports the community with water pond to increase accessibility to water for small scale growing and domestic use during dry season
agricultural techniques for better sustainable agriculture and cultivation based on green environmental concept. This program is supported by a Korean organization “OBOS”, which means “One Body, One Spirit”.


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